Hijab should not become a political issue, say Agra residents
Political parties ignored basic people-related issues in the second phase of the polls and focused on the “hijab” issue.
Political parties ignored basic people-related issues in the second phase of the polls and focused on the “hijab” issue. (Photo; Representative | PTI)
Political fever is rising in the five states as the second phase of elections approaches.
In UP, the elections will take place in seven phases. The first phase of the elections was held on February 10, while the second phase will end on February 14.
However, the political parties ignored basic issues related to the people, such as development, inflation, unemployment in the second phase of the polls, and focused on the ‘hijab’ issue.
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If still unresolved, this issue could affect the remaining 6 phases of the UP polls.
A meeting was organized on this issue by Hindustani Biradari today where local dignitaries called on politicians not to make hijab a political issue. Instead, they should focus on issues related to people’s livelihoods.
The organization’s chairman, S Qureshi, and vice-chairman, Vishal Sharma, told India Today that hijab translates in Hindi as “purdah” and that purdah is not tied to any religion. In northern India, almost every community has a purdah system.
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They said the hijab is a personal preference and should not be tied to education or modernity. Purdah has always been part of Indian culture.
President of Bhartiya Muslim Vikas Parishad, Sami Aghai, said India’s communal harmony has always been highlighted on the world stage, but some people are trying to destroy this harmony in the name of purdah and hijab. He said he hoped these people would not succeed in their nefarious design to break up Indian society.
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